Information on Alzheimer's disease

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:46 pm
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's (ALLS-hi-mers) disease or a related disorder is never easy. It’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are specialized programs and services that can make life easier and more manageable for you and the person with Alzheimer's disease. Some of the services you may need are health care services, including an accurate diagnosis for appropriate medical treatment. Specially trained doctors and nurses in the fields of geriatric medicine, neurology, family practice, internal medicine, and psychiatry can answer your questions and concerns. Community services are available, such as an I.D. locator bracelet for the patient in case you become separated, tips on managing activities, financial and legal guidance, and education on what to expect. There are also respite (RESS-pit) care services, such as adult daycare programs, home care programs, and short-term residential care. During the later stages of the disease, when 24-hour care is required for daily activities, families might consider long-term facilities for the patient. Local support groups assist families in learning about and locating community resources. They also help families cope with their situations by sharing common fears and experiences. For more information, consult your health care provider.

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